Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mad Libs with Books!

This afternoon while going through my blog roll I saw on Crafty Booksheeps that Laura had done a Mad Libs with Books and I decided I wanted to do it too!

Let me know if you decide to participate! I would love to stop by and see your book choices!
My answers are based on titles alone.

In school I was: The Insanity Plea

People might be surprised I'm: Penny Wise

I will never be: Hope Deferred

My fantasy job is: BlueBonnet Bride

At the end of a long day: Thankful

I hate it when: The Devil Walks in Mattingly

Wish I had: The Whole Enchilada

My family reunions are: Stranger Things

At a party you'd find me with: Hacker

I've never been to: Poison Town

A happy day includes: The Summer Wind

Motto I live by: A Promise Kept

On my bucket list: The Rockin Chair

In my next life, I want to be: The Painted Table

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DAISIES review & giveaway 3 winners!

About the book

Love is a lesson learned over lifetimes.

Spanning three generations, Daisies is a stirring debut novel from a singular talent. In 1954, awkward Gwen Hisel falls in love with the affable Willie Bennett on the dusty Oklahoma prairie. What follows is a harsh life for the two youngsters as they struggle to make the best of their difficult circumstances.

Twenty years later, Sheila Hisel, daughter of Gwen and Willie, marries Darrel McAllister. But while her parents’ love for one another had seen them through tribulation and adversity, Sheila’s own marriage crumbles under the strain of hard times.

Now, if Sheila’s son, Lonnie, ever wants to succeed in love, he must unravel the mysteries of two very different relationships to true happiness.

Meet the author

Joshua Senter was raised in the Ozark Mountains where he was homeschooled along with his four sisters on a five hundred acre farm. He moved to Los Angeles in August 1997 to pursue a degree in filmmaking from Art Center College of Design.

In 2002 he started writing for the hit Showtime series The L Word. A year later, he joined the international phenomenon, Desperate Housewives, where he was nominated for a Writer’s Guild of America award for his episode, Don’t Look at Me. In 2013 Joshua began writing and co-producing a new show for ABC Family, Chasing Life, which will begin airing in 2014. Daisies, is Joshua’s debut novel.


My thoughts...

In 1954 Gwen and Willie marry and soon a daughter is born. Their life is hard but they make it with hard work and determination. Their daughters name is Shelia and at age 20 she marries the love of her life but their love won't last through the hard times and their marriage ends. Her son, Lonnie, is now trying to understand exactly what love is so that his marriage doesn't fall apart like his parent's.

This is a great book, I enjoyed getting to know Gwen and Willie as well as Sheila and Darrel. Their marriages were very different. The characters are likeable and the story is written well. I appreciate how Lonnie is determined to find out what works and what doesn't. Interesting and real is how I would describe it.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, July 21, 2014


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (July 1, 2014)
DiAnn Mills


DiAnn Mills believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Her books have won many awards through American Christian Fiction Writers, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005, 2007, and 2010. She was a Christy Award finalist in 2008 and a Christy winner in 2010.

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and is the Craftsman Mentor for the Christian Writer’s Guild. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops.

DiAnn and her husband live in Houston, Texas. Visit her website or find her on Facebook at


After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Firewall, go HERE.

My thoughts...

A good mystery that did keep me wondering who the criminal was, the romance between Taryn and Grayson was predictable but light, it wasn't the main aspect of the book. I did like the storyline, it made me stop and think about how this could really happen. I enjoyed the FBI investigation with occasional twists that got my adrenaline rushing. I loved the ending which wrapped everything up nicely.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Shenandoah Dreams

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Shenandoah Dreams
OakTara Publishers (July 1, 2014)
Lisa Belcastro


Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard. She loves chocolate, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, laughing, reading, traveling, a healthy dose of adventure, and her cat Ben, who keeps her company while she spends hours working at the computer.

She was inspired to write Shenandoah Nights, the first book in the Winds of Change trilogy, while chaperoning two Tisbury School summer sails with her daughter, Kayla, aboard the schooner Shenandoah. The weeklong adventure, sans electricity, Game Boys, iPods and modern conveniences, kindled her imagination to dream of an altogether different voyage.

In addition to writing romance novels, Lisa currently pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style magazine. She has worked as a staff and freelance reporter and photographer for The Chronicle of the Horse and as assistant editor at The Blue Ridge Leader. She has written articles for USA Today, Dressage (London), USA WEEKEND Magazine, The Blue Ridge Leader and Sidelines.

When she’s not at her desk, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, trying to run a marathon a month, or walking the beach looking for sea glass.


What if she met the man of her another century? Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha s Vineyard. It s just a dream, Melissa Smith whispers as she stares into the intense eyes of a man dressed in Colonial clothes, as though stepping out of an American Revolution movie set. A school chaperone with Holmes Hole Elementary, she d boarded the old schooner Shenandoah for a weeklong educational sail. But they are not visiting Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Museum, or the Concord Bridge reenactment. They re sailing the waters around the island of Martha s Vineyard. Yet, when she awakes in Cabin 8, the captain claims to be Isaiah Reed, who sailed the original Shenandoah in the eighteenth century. He cannot possibly be real, Melissa thinks. And traveling back in time is impossible. But days pass, and she s still in 1770. What if Isaiah, who is simply too handsome to be real, is real? What if the fire he ignites in her from barely a touch isn t in her imagination? Can a dream last for weeks on end? If so, how will she find her way the twenty-first century? And can she bear to leave the one man who has captured her heart, when everything in her longs to stay? A Vineyard Romance Romance, history, adventure. Get swept into the exciting Winds of Change series.

If you liked to read the first chapter of Shenandoah Dreams, go HERE.

My thoughts...

If you like lighthearted romances, books about time travel, you may like this one. A chaperone on a 6th grade class trip discovers one of the cabins on the ship is a time machine. She travels back to 1776 and must deal with being on a boat full of men she's never seen before. An unrealistically fun read.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, July 14, 2014


A heart-stopping crime thriller and the fourth consecutive No. 1 Bestseller from the author of the Logan McRae series and Birthdays for the Dead.

He’s back…

Eight years ago, ‘The Inside Man’ murdered four women and left three more in critical condition – all of them with their stomachs slit open and a plastic doll stitched inside.

And then the killer just … disappeared.

Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years. His family has been destroyed, his career is in tatters, and one of Oldcastle’s most vicious criminals is making sure he spends the rest of his life in prison.

Now a nurse has turned up dead on a patch of waste ground, a plastic doll buried beneath her skin, and it looks as if Ash might finally get a shot at redemption. At earning his freedom.

At revenge.

Amazon Purchase Link: A Song For The Dying
HarperCollins Publishers (July 8, 2014)
My Rating: 4/5 stars

My thoughts...

Ash Henderson, former cop, is determined to find the person that framed and put him in prison if he ever gets paroled. Meanwhile, several murders are occuring, women are being kidnapped and having their abdomens opened up with plastic dolls placed inside and then dumped. Plenty of gruesome details, fast paced, dark humor, you gotta keep reading. The characters are awful people, Ash is kind of strange but he does do a good job. Lots of action and more than one plot going on.

I received a free copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


About the book

When a fourteen-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her—launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever, in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl.

Don’t try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley’s hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

As the days pass and it sinks in that the impossible has occurred, Rachel and her husband Paul are informed that the police have “limited resources.” If they want their fourteen-year-old daughter back, they will have to find her themselves. Desperation becomes determination when Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter, and launches

But Marley isn’t the only one with secrets.

With public exposure comes scrutiny, and when Rachel blows a television interview, the dirty speculation begins. Now, the blogosphere is convinced Rachel is hiding something. It’s not what they think; Rachel would never hurt Marley. Not intentionally, anyway. But when it’s discovered that she’s lied, even to the police, the devoted mother becomes a suspect in Marley’s disappearance.

Is Marley out there somewhere, watching it all happen, or is the truth something far worse?

Amazon Purchase Link: Don't Try To Find Me
William Morrow Publishers (July 8, 2014)
My Rating: 4/5 stars

My thoughts...

Marley has run away to meet her online boyfriend who lives across the country, leaving a note for her parents that says "Don't try to find me". Having recently relocated she has no friends in her new school and has not stayed in contact with friends from the former school her parents have little to go on. As her parents put all they have into finding her things about her mother are exposed.

I found this to be a well written drama with a hint of mystery, a story about family secrets and relationships though I wasn't able to connect with the characters like I wanted. Overall a pretty good debut novel.

I received a free copy of this book from Harper Collins Publishers in exchange for an honest review.